A course series on network science in biology and medicine. Network Medicine
At a glance
Opportunity for
  • Courses related to the developing field of network science in biology and medicine.
  • MD, DNP, PhD or equivalent, DDS/DMD
  • Receipt of endorsement from an applicant's supervisor stating the applicant will be able to attend all days of the course.
  • Some courses have additional prerequisites.
Current Opportunities
  • Please check back for future opportunities.

Network medicine is a rapidly emerging field that combines systems biology and network science. It runs counter to the prevailing scientific reductionist trend that dominates current medical research on disease etiology and treatment. Reductionism relies on single molecules or single genes to provide comprehensive and robust insights into the pathophysiology of complex diseases. Similarly, current drug development methodologies target single molecules that very frequently fail because of the unforeseen and unintended effects that result from the application of this piecemeal approach to pharmacology.

In contrast, network medicine emphasizes a more holistic approach through the identification and investigation of networks of interacting molecular and cellular components. When network medicine is integrated into biomedical research, it has the potential to transform investigations of disease etiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

Harvard Catalyst currently offers the following courses on Network Medicine:

See LearnResearch for videos from our Building Genetic and Genomic Networks Nanocourse (June 2013) and our Network Science in Biology and Medicine Symposium (June 2012). Login required. Please select Courses with Videos to find these video series.